Agricultural Sustainability in Marginal Areas: Principles, Policies and Examples
Because of rising populations and advances in agricultural techniques, agriculture on marginal lands in South Asia has intensified and the margin of cultivation has been extended mostly at the expense of natural environments. While doubts have been raised about the sustainability of many modern agricultural practices, such as those associated with the green revolution, on the fertile plains of the Indian subcontinent (Alauddin and Tisdell 1991), it is the upland areas, covering a major portion of the subcontinent, that are especially at risk due to agricultural developments. These areas also contain a high proportion of South Asia’s tribal people or its minorities and much of its remaining wildlife.
KeywordsSoil Erosion Marginal Area High Yielding Variety Agricultural Sustainability Agricultural Technique
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